Jimmie Hale Mission volunteers make giving back a Christmas tradition

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — If you thought your family Christmas meal was big, imagine serving 1,500 meals. That’s exactly what volunteers at the Jimmie Hale Mission did Christmas morning.

Dozens of volunteers served up over 450lbs of sweet potatoes and green beans, over 200 pounds of cranberry sauce, 50 turkeys, 115 pies, 15 gallons of gravy and 25 boneless hams. All of the food is assembled with love every Christmas morning at 8 a.m. About an hour later, the Santa’s efficient helpers were finished.

The mission partners with Meals on Wheels, where an army of volunteers distributes the hot Christmas plates to local seniors and shut ins. Each delivery bag contains about six meals, with everything inside for the perfect Christmas feast.

Kitchen supervisor James Poe said giving back on Christmas morning is a tradition for dozens of families. While that custom is just beginning for some young volunteers, the Huett family has served every Christmas since 2005.

“It’s a tradition, and we look forward to it every year,” said Tom Huett.

“They come expecting to give a blessing, but by the time they get done with the day, they come back and say, ‘wow, we were the ones that actually got the blessing,'” Poe said.

While the holiday season is a special time for extra help, coordinators say they need help 365 days a year. If you would like to volunteer, click here for more information.

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